Inniswold residents have fought the formation of a new subdivision for months, but the Metro Council on Wednesday gave developers the final blessing they need to build Inniswylde.
The new neighborhood is on 17 acres just southwest of Jefferson Terrace Elementary.
On Wednesday, neighbors repeated their concerns about increased traffic and drainage load to the Metro Council members, who were sitting as the Parish Zoning Board. The council sided with developer Josh Rivet and permitted the necessary rezoning of the last property in the new subdivision.
"I'm not trying to do this to screw this neighborhood (of Inniswold,)" said local councilman Matt Watson.
Steven Duplechain, who represents Rivet, said he's worked with Watson to try to address drainage at the site, which is not located in the high-risk floodplain. The councilman added that he wants the traffic impact fees the developer will pay to go back into improving roads in the area.
The subdivision itself will be served by private roads. Councilman Buddy Amoroso was the only member — minus absent member LaMont Cole — not to vote for the rezoning, saying he has a general problem with such streets because they are hard to keep maintained.
"I absolutely despise private roads," Amoroso said.
Though it was less of an issue Wednesday, when the matter came before the Planning Commission, members of that body were worried about the removal of large live oak trees to make way for new roads and homes.
Though they were unhappy to essentially sign the death warrant for an old live oak tree, the…
Neighbors have also objected to the size of Inniswylde lots, which nearby residents have remarked will be smaller than their own and not in keeping with the character of the residential area.